No. 7 Ten­nessee avenges loss to No. 4 Ken­tucky

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - College Basketball -

Jor­dan Bone scored a ca­reer-high 27 points, and Ten­nessee beat Ken­tucky 71-52 on Sat­ur­day in Knoxville, Tenn., to main­tain its home-court dom­i­nance and snap the Wild­cats’ four-game win­ning streak.

Ten­nessee (26-3, 14-2) earned its 25th straight home vic­tory to re­main tied for first place in the SEC with No. 13 LSU. The Vol­un­teers haven’t lost a home game since fall­ing 94-84 to Auburn on Jan. 2, 2018.

The Vols also beat Ken­tucky (24-5, 13-3) at home for a fourth straight year to de­light a sell­out crowd in the first reg­u­lar-sea­son matchup of top-10 teams at Thomp­son-Bol­ing Arena since the fa­cil­ity’s 1987 open­ing. Ten­nessee is 4-0 at home against Ken­tucky un­der coach Rick Barnes.


In­di­ana 63, No. 6 Michi­gan St. 62: Justin Smith scored a ca­reer-high 24 points, and the Hoosiers (15-14, 6-12 Big Ten) beat the Spar­tans (23-6, 14-4) in Bloom­ing­ton, Ind., for their sec­ond vic­tory over a ranked op­po­nent this week.

UCF 69, No. 8 Hous­ton 64: Collin Smith scored 21 points, and the Knights (22-6, 12-4 Amer­i­can) took over af­ter half­time to up­set the Cougars (27-2, 14-2) in Hous­ton. Cen­tral Florida snapped a se­v­engame los­ing streak to ranked foes and ended Hous­ton’s na­tion-lead­ing, 33-game home win­ning streak.

No. 2 Vir­ginia 73, Pitt 49: Kyle Guy scored 17 points, and the Cava­liers (26-2, 14-2) held onto at least a share of the ACC lead in Char­lottesville, Va., while hand­ing the Pan­thers their 12th straight loss over­all, 20th con­sec­u­tive ACC road de­feat and 23rd road loss in a row.

No. 11 Texas Tech 81, TCU 66: Jarett Cul­ver and Da­vide Moretti each had 15 points, and the Red Raiders (24-5, 12-4) beat the Horned Frogs (18-11, 6-10) in Fort Worth to stay atop the Big 12 stand­ings with their pro­gram-record 12th con­fer­ence vic­tory and sev­enth straight win.

No. 13 LSU 74, Alabama 69: Sky­lar Mays scored 16 of his 20 points in the sec­ond half, and Javonte Smart had 19 to lead the Tigers (24-5, 14-2 SEC) over the Crim­son Tide (17-12, 8-8) in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to main­tain their share of the con­fer­ence lead.

No. 14 Pur­due 86, Ohio State 51: Carsen Ed­wards scored 25 points, and the Boil­er­mak­ers (22-7, 15-3) routed the Buck­eyes (18-11, 8-10) in­West Lafayette, Ind., to take sole pos­ses­sion of the Big Ten lead.

No. 15 Kan­sas 72, Ok­la­homa St. 67: Dedric Law­son scored 20 points and tied a sea­son high with 15 re­bounds as the Jay­hawks (22-7, 11-5 Big 12) es­caped Still­wa­ter with a win over the Cow­boys (10-19, 3-13), their fifth in six games. No. 19Wis­con­sin 61, Penn State 57: Brevin Pritzl scored 17 points off the bench on 5-for-5 shoot­ing, and the Badgers (20-9, 12-6 Big Ten) held the Nit­tany Li­ons (12-17, 5-13) with­out a field goal for the fi­nal 8 min­utes to win in Madi­son, Wis.

No. 24 Wof­ford 85, Sam­ford 64: Fletcher Magee made eight 3-point­ers on his way to a sea­son-high 36 points, and the Ter­ri­ers (26-4, 18-0) beat the Bull­dogs (16-15, 6-12) in Birm­ing­ham, Ala., to com­plete a per­fect run through the South­ern Con­fer­ence. Wof­ford, which has won 17 straight over­all, will play in a SoCon quar­ter­fi­nal next Sat­ur­day.


Syra­cuse 79, Wake For­est 54: Tyus Bat­tle scored 21 points, and the Or­ange (19-10, 10-6 ACC) held the Dea­cons (11-17, 4-12) with­out a bas­ket for 131⁄ min­utes in the sec­ond half to win in Win­ston-Salem. Chaun­dee Brown scored 14 to lead Wake.

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